Barry Feinstein was a photographer, camera-man, graphic designer, and art director who created many of the entertainment industry’s most compelling and iconic images.
His work has appeared in countless publications including Life, Look, Time, Esquire, Newsweek, GQ, Rolling Stone, Mojo and The New York Times. Most famous for his album cover artwork, Feinstein is responsible for nearly 500 cover shoots including the classics All Things Must Pass by George Harrison, Pearl by Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton’s first solo album, Ringo by Ringo Starr, The Times They Are a Changin’ by Bob Dylan, and Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds.
Feinstein was the exclusive photographer on Dylan’s legendary 1966 European tour and again for Dylan and The Band’s 1974 US tour. As a cameraman, he documented the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, produced and directed the cult classic “You Are What You Eat” and was a cameraman and official photographer for George Harrison’s groundbreaking 1970 charity performance, The Concert for Bangladesh, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Barry was an innovator in all that he did whether it was photography, art direction, graphic design, or film. Nowhere is this more apparent than with his now legendary hand-held cinema-photography for the film “Easy Rider” in 1969. In would be another 30 years before similar camera work was seen again in a major motion picture.
Feinstein also photographed leading Hollywood and political figures of his day, from JFK and Nixon to Marlon Brando and Judy Garland. During his lengthy and varied career, Feinstein received over thirty US and international art director and photo-journalism awards, including being nominated for an Emmy for his Ike & Tina album cover.
Feinsteins’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the National Portrait Gallery, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Columbus Museum, Georgia; National Portrait Gallery, Scotland; Gibbes Museum of Art in South Carolina and the Hunter Museum in Tennessee.
Feinstein was born in 1931 in Philadelphia and passed away in 2011 after a lengthy illness in Woodstock, New York, where he had lived for many years with his wife, the artist Judith Jamison.